MASTER: Meet Your Facilitators

Matthew R. Smeds, M.D., FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director Vascular Surgery Training Programs

Dr. Smeds is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Associate Program Director for Vascular Surgery Training Programs. He attended college at the University of Nebraska, medical school at the University of Rochester, general surgery residency at SUNY-Upstate Medical University, and fellowship in vascular surgery at Saint Louis University.  He is a Fellow of the UAMS Educators Academy, and further educational involvement includes his role as the associate program director of the vascular surgery training programs as well as being a UAMS Academic House Advisor.  He is a member of the Education Council of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a member of the Core Curriculum Committee of the Association for Program Directors in Vascular Surgery.  He is involved in clinical and educational research, and has a busy clinical practice in vascular surgery.

Why Dr. Smeds thinks this program is important…

Communication is critical in not only delivering appropriate patient and family-centered care, but also in providing a framework for productivity in our academic center.  Education in communication is not often given in most medical training programs, and as such, many of those working in the health care fields have only self-learned styles or methods of communication.  Providing a common framework of communication and an expectation to everyone at UAMS will allow us to meet our goals of providing optimal care to the patients of Arkansas.